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  1. Top 25 unrestricted free agents

    Craig Custance

    By now, you've heard. It's not a great free agent class. The NHL's general managers are expected to be active on the trade front over the next few weeks, in part because there's not a lot of help in free agency. That's what happens when teams put suc...

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  2. If Kings win, Drew Doughty is the MVP

    Craig Custance

    Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was having a phone conversation with Bobby Orr when the conversation shifted to defensemen, and just how critical having a great one is to winning a championship. Championship teams need a goalie who makes save...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  3. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup finals: Top 10 Stanley Cup finals in the l...

    Craig Custance

    The Kings-Rangers series is such a doozy that it prompted us to rank the top 10 series from the past 20 years. ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance takes it on.

    Story | Conversation | June 08, 2014
  4. GM changes make for uncertain offseason

    Craig Custance

    From a pure hockey fan's perspective, it was about as good as it gets. The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference final was two powerhouses exchanging punches until just one was left standing. It was great hockey that e...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  5. Galchenyuk still working on his game

    Craig Custance

    The other goals that Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk mentioned as standouts in his career certainly were prettier. For instance, his shootout goal that helped Team USA win the bronze last year in the World Championships. Legend has it...

    Blog | May 23, 2014
  6. Penguins could target Mike Babcock

    Craig Custance

    With coach Dan Bylsma facing a very uncertain future in Pittsburgh, there is one coach who should lead the wish list for Pittsburgh Penguins fans if the ax does fall. Mike Babcock -- the ultimate hire. The Detroit Red Wings' coach has two Olymp...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  7. Patience pays off in player development

    Craig Custance

    The Los Angeles Kings were on the ice practicing during their 2012 Stanley Cup run and Ron Hextall was sitting in the stands watching. It was clear at that point that he would run his own team someday. He'd paid his dues, put in the mileage as a scou...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  8. Samuelsson's stock on the rise

    Craig Custance

    Coaching hires in the NHL seem to run in trends. Dan Bylsma wins a Stanley Cup, and teams scramble to promote the next Bylsma from the AHL. Guy Boucher takes the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Eastern Conference final and the search is on to find another...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  9. Teams with GM openings look to Boston

    Craig Custance

    It's wise to hire and promote front-office talent from the smartest and most successful franchises. Those executives know exactly what it takes to win, they've been raised and influenced by successful mentors with championship track records. Time ...

    Blog | May 01, 2014
  10. Offseason plans for teams eliminated from the postseason - NHL Pl...

    ESPN.com staff

    As each team is eliminated from the NHL playoffs, ESPN Insider Craig Custance identifies the three pivotal steps the team must make this offseason in order to raise their chances of contending for the Stanley Cup next season.

    Story | Conversation | April 30, 2014
  11. Red Wings should go big in free agency

    Craig Custance

    Their kids got them in, but they couldn't get them out of the first round. Injuries, inexperience and running into the best team in the Eastern Conference means the Detroit Red Wings end their season in the first round for the second time in three ye...

    Blog | April 26, 2014
  12. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: The Detroit Red Wings need more ...

    Craig Custance

    The Red Wings need more from Johan Franzen, both on and off the ice, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | April 25, 2014
  13. Jonas Gustavsson will remain in goal for Red Wings

    Craig Custance

    With their season on the line, the Red Wings are turning to backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson for the second consecutive game.

    Story | Conversation | April 25, 2014
  14. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Detroit Red Wings' magic runs ou...

    Craig Custance

    The Red Wings were poised to write a memorable story with the return of Henrik Zetterberg, but the Bruins were too good to let that happen, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | April 24, 2014
  15. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik...

    Craig Custance

    Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is in a tough position: come back before he's completely comfortable or watch his team get manhandled by the Bruins, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | April 23, 2014
  16. Examining Datsyuk vs. Bergeron

    Craig Custance

    The shift to Detroit was supposed to free up Pavel Datsyuk. Get him away from Patrice Bergeron and allow him to work his magic. Game 3 of the first-round playoff series between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings, however, turned out to be les...

    Blog | April 23, 2014